New month means new releases! Lets dive right in, this is your n3rdabl3 Forecast, our fortnightly run-down of the upcoming releases in the world of video games, comic books and movies!
From major releases like Prey and Injustice 2, to films like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Ripley Scott’s new Alien film, to an insane amount of Marvel Comics that you surely won’t want to miss; there is a multitude of things to keep you busy and start the month of May off right!
Prey (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Release Date: May 7
Developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks, this first person shooter puts you in control of Morgan Yu, a worker/ test subject on the Talos 1 space station. The station is used for conducting research into the alien collective Typhon. Surprise, surprise, the Typhon break free and begin killing everyone aboard the station. Morgan Yu now needs to find a way out and has a number of weapons and abilities to use at his disposal to ensure his survival. Arkane Studios has intended the space station to act as an “open world” for the player in the style of a Metroidvania game. Players will have free reign in their environments but will only be able to progress through certain areas after acquiring specific weapons and abilities.
Loco Roco Remastered (PS4)
Release Date: May 9
GET READY TO ROLL AGAIN
Originally released for the PSP back in 2006, the world is being threatened by the maniacal Moja Corps. Only the delightful tunes of the LocoRoco can stop them now. Bounce, grow, and roll your way through classic puzzle platformer levels, remastered in gorgeous HD. Merge and split your LocoRoco to find secrets and solve puzzles as well as grabbing new decorations for your own Loco House. Use the Dualshock 4 controller to tilt your malleable friends through 5 vibrant areas, all in 1080p on PS4 and 4K on the PS4 Pro.
Strafe (PS4, PC and MAC)
Release Date: May 9
A homage to the 1990s first-person shooter video games, like Doom and Quake, and advertised to have “bleeding edge graphics and gameplay”, citing the year 1996. As a ‘Scrapper’, your job is to collect scrap (the in-game currency) for use in recycling facilities. You’re sent to the edges of space by an unnamed party to join the spacecraft Icarus. However, once your scouting ship arrives, you find that something has gone terribly wrong.
Injustice 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Release Date: May 16
The much-anticipated sequel to NeatherRealm’s Injustice: Gods Among Us, this brawler brings even more of your favorite DC heroes and villains into the ring. From its huge roster, to the over the top, ridiculous special moves, to its pleasantly surprising story mode, Injustice 2 looks to build on everything the fans loved about the original. NeatherRealm’s press release best sums up just what players can expect from the game’s story mode…
“Injustice 2 continues the epic cinematic story introduced in Injustice: Gods Among Us as Batman and his allies work towards putting the pieces of society back together while struggling against those who want to restore Superman’s regime. In the midst of the chaos, a new threat appears that will put Earth’s existence at risk. Players can play from the biggest DC roster ever offered in a fighting game, from classic fan favorites such as Batman, Superman, Supergirl and Aquaman, to astonishing new villains like Atrocitus and Gorilla Grodd. Battles will take place across arenas that have evolved in scale and span across iconic locations such as Metropolis, Gotham City and Atlantis.”
On top of this, players will also be able to customize their favorite characters by decking them out in armor through the Gear System. This RPG-like mechanic rewards players with loot drops every time you play. You earn character-specific gear to outfit and bolster your roster which changes not only the character’s cosmetics but your fighting strategy and approach to each and every match. As you customize your characters, your ever-growing roster of DC heroes and villains will reflect those choices and preferences, which can be hugely different from your opponents!
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (3DS)
Release Date: May 19
Guide legions of soldiers through tactical battles, discover the intertwining tales of heroes Alm and Celica, battle foes, fight off monsters, and trick through 3D dungeons. In Valentia, you wage battle in classic Fire Emblem fashion. To stop the war and unify the continent, you’ll have to balance the needs of an army of soldiers with particular stats. Play as iconic Fire Emblem character classes, like Mage, Paladin, and Archer as you bring strategic skills to the challenging grid-based battle system. Explore dungeons on the world map in an action-adventure style and uncover the secrets they hold. The game features a mix of modern-day and legacy strategic Fire Emblem gameplay, including permanent death of characters. A tale of loss and triumph is played out through fully voiced story dialogue and cinematics. It also reimagines Fire Emblem Gaiden which has never had a western release, until now!
Premiering May 5
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Lets be honest, who isn’t excited about this?! Continuing the success of the original, this sequel sees the Guardians struggle to keep their new family together as they try to unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Aside from familiar characters and settings, this Marvel film follows its own, new story rather than depending on the cannon and lore from the comics.
Premiering May 12
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Guy Ritchie brings his incredible film style to medieval Europe in this reimagining of the classic sword in the stone story. Arthur’s father is murdered when he is a young boy. Vortigern, played by Jude Law, Arthur’s uncle, uses this time to seize the crown and rob Arthur of his birthright. Arthur, played by Charlie Hunnam, grows up the hard way, in the back streets and alleys of the city. Once he pulls the sword from the stone, however, his life is turned upside down, and his is forced to recognize his true calling and take back the crown that is rightfully his.
Emily Middleton’s (Amy Schumer) boyfriend dumps her the night before their exotic vacation. She persuades her cautious mom, Linda (Goldie Hawn),to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda soon realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure that they have fallen into.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
A family road trip to grandma’s 90th birthday celebration takes a wrong turn when a boy (Jason Ian Drucker) hatches his latest scheme to become famous.
Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) is a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who is unable to leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house because of an illness. Olly (Nick Robinson) is the boy next door who won’t let that stop them from being together. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, Maddy and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together, even if it means losing everything.
Personally I have been waiting for this movie for a long time. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. There, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.
Comics to Look Out For
This time it is all about Marvel!!
All New Guardians of the Galaxy #1
How could I not include a Guardians comic when the movie is days away??
The Guardians have taken off into space once again, on their biggest and weirdest misadventure yet. Kicking things off with the biggest heist they have ever tried to pull, we join Star-Lord and company as they blast their way through the galaxy with the Nova Corp. hot on their tail. Once they find themselves caught in a war between the Collector and Grandmaster, there will barely be any time to explain why Groot can’t grow any bigger, what Gamora is searching for, or why Drax has sworn off violence?!
BUT that’s not the only Guardians comic you should look for!
Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout #1
The Collector’s many-worlds-famous collection is opening up to the public, but you won’t believe the main attraction! Only the Guardians can break through Taneleer Tivan’s security and BREAK OUT!
Black Bolt #1
Ok, so this is extremely exciting!
The king of the Inhumans, Black Bolt himself, has finally gotten his own solo series! Black Bolt has been imprisoned, but by whom? And where exactly? The answers to both will be shocking, but to learn those answers Black Bolt must first win a fight to the death with one of his fellow inmates, the Absorbing Man. Award-winning Sci-Fi-Fi writer Saladin Ahmed (Throne of the Crescent Moon) has crafted a story that’s as trippy as it is action packed, with truly gorgeous art by the one and only Christian Ward!
Jean Grey #1
When a teenage Jean Grey travelled through time and ended up in the present, she learns the terrible fate that befell her predecessor. Possessed by the cosmic entity known as the Phoenix, Jean was trapped in an endless cycle of life and death. Determined to escape that same fate, Jean sets out to write her own story. A premonition, however, foretells that the Phoenix is coming for her and in this new series she’s going to have to fight tooth and nail to escape from becoming its next victim.
Secret Empire #1
The story arc that’s been building for months across a vast span of titles is finally here!! The time has come for Steve Rodgers to step into the spotlight and declare his allegiance to Hydra. How can the heroes of the Marvel Universe cope with the shattering betrayal from their most trusted friend and team-mate? And what will this mean for the rest of the world? The map of the Marvel Universe will be changed in ways no-one will expect- TRUST THE SECRET EMPIRE!
Well that’s it for this edition! Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for the next instalment of the n3rdabl3 Forecast!